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10 Ways You Know You're a Romance Reader

BY DJ DeSmyter, AUGUST 28, 2014 | PERMALINK

Being a romance reader is pretty awesome, making romance fans some of the coolest people around. But in case you're unsure of your reader status, here are ten ways you know you're a romance reader.

1. Nora Roberts, Jude Deveraux and Julie Garwood are household names.


Of course they are.
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2. You have a soft spot for old school romance covers, especially if they feature Fabio.


Ah, Fabio.

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3. You fill with rage when someone refers to modern romance novels as “bodice rippers”.



Ugh.
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Cover Reveal - Hot Ice by Lynn Raye Harris

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, AUGUST 27, 2014 | PERMALINK

We're back with another exclusive cover reveal and today we're revealing the sizzling cover for Lynn Raye Harris's Hot Ice, the seventh book in her Hostile Operations Team (we see what you did there, Lynn Raye Harris) series. Drum roll, please ...


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Cover Breakdown: The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton

BY DJ DeSmyter, AUGUST 27, 2014 | PERMALINK

The moment I saw the cover for The Miniaturist, I knew it would be perfect for our Cover Breakdown series, and as soon as you see it, you'll know why. I'm not usually big on Historical Fiction, but Jessie Burton's novel sounds like a mesmerizing read that may satisfy my need for a book as enchanting as Erin Morgenstern's The Night Circus. Let's get started!

On a brisk autumn day in 1686, eighteen-year-old Nella Oortman arrives in Amsterdam to begin a new life as the wife of illustrious merchant trader Johannes Brandt. But her new home, while splendorous, is not welcoming. Johannes is kind yet distant, always locked in his study or at his warehouse office–leaving Nella alone with his sister, the sharp-tongued and forbidding Marin.

But Nella's life changes when Johannes presents her with an extraordinary wedding gift: a cabinet-sized replica of their home. To furnish her gift, Nella engages the services of a miniaturist–an elusive and enigmatic artist whose tiny creations mirror their real-life counterparts in eerie and unexpected ways ...


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Madame Picasso's Gold Experience Giveaway

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, AUGUST 26, 2014 | PERMALINK

Picasso has certainly left an impression on the world thanks to his now famous paintings. Even author Anne Girard has taken to the artist for her debut novel, Madame Picasso, a stirring fictionalized biography that dives into Picasso's world, France, World War I and the Moulin Rouge through the eyes of his mistress, Eva Gouel. Because really, if you want to know the true story of a renowned historical figure, you ask the mistress. Today we're giving away a special prize pack to celebrate the book's release.

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Enter to win this gold experience prize package that includes one copy of Madame Picasso and DVDs of The Great Gatsby, Moulin Rouge and Midnight in Paris. Sounds like the makings for a cozy weekend! This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and one winner will be chosen at random on September 5. Good luck!

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Cover Reveal: Too Hot To Handle by Katie Rose

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, AUGUST 25, 2014 | PERMALINK

We love a good cover reveal and today's reveal is sure to make you drool and swoon. Katie Rose is gearing up for the sequel to this month's Bring on the Heat, the first in her The Boys of Summer series, and we have an exclusive reveal for the sequel's sexy cover. The sequel's titled Too Hot to Handle and be warned, the cover is almost exactly that.

But before we get to the sizzling cover, let's take a look at what the book is about:


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Outlander Recap: Episode 1.3 — "The Way Out"

BY Regina Small, AUGUST 25, 2014 | PERMALINK

Previously: Claire didn't make the best first impression on Colum MacKenzie, laird of Castle Leoch, and now she's being kept quasi-prisoner as the castle healer. Jamie kept his shirt on.

We open on a flashback: World War II is still raging and Frank is escorting Claire to the train station. She's headed to the front lines, which Frank notes is a bit of bitter irony: He'll sit behind a desk in London, sending men on covert operations, while his wife is in the thick of battle. In a way, it's a refreshing, progressive dynamic, but it also makes me wonder if a man who's been In The Mess would "get" Claire more. Not that I'm thinking of anyone specific. Ahem.

Before Claire boards, Frank reminds her that he can have her orders changed. Claire refuses. In what will emerge as the episode's theme, Claire values her personal security less than the opportunity to help others. It's stubborn, reckless, a little short-sighted — and totally admirable. Frank agrees.


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As Claire leans through the train window to kiss her husband goodbye, she promises that she will return to him. I dab my eyes because it's suddenly gotten very dusty in my bedroom.


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Exclusive Advanced Excerpt: Shattered Secrets by Karen Harper

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, AUGUST 21, 2014 | PERMALINK

Karen Harper is no stranger to RT and we couldn't be more excited for her upcoming Romantic Suspense, Shattered Secrets, which releases next Tuesday. In the book, Tess Lockwood must confront her past in order to help find a missing child, an abduction that could be tied to Tess's own childhood kidnapping. As she works with Sheriff Gabe McCord, painful memories come to light, but they may be able to save the child. Intriguing, no? To tide us over while we eagerly await this series starter's release, we have an exclusive excerpt to share. Happy reading!

“Can I come out now?” Tess called through the back door screen.

Gabe had told her to stay inside and didn’t want her to see what was in her back yard. As soon as he was done with the staff meeting tomorrow morning, he was going to question Ritter, Dane, even Sam Jeffers. They’d better have an alibi to prove they weren’t around here last night. Could three unmarried guys — loners and eccentrics, though the woods was full of them around here — have colluded on abductions over the years? And wouldn’t they take grown women instead of young girls?


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Win Crimson Romance's August Releases

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, AUGUST 19, 2014 | PERMALINK

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This month the folks at Crimson Romance are offering up all six of their August ebook releases to one lucky reader, because your ereader obviously needs more books on it after your one-click buying binge last week, right? It totally does. Below are the titles up for grabs. The ebooks are available in whatever format the winner prefers, and this giveaway is open to all readers of the world! You can enter by filling out the widget below, a winner will be announced Friday, August 22. Good luck!

Marriage by Design by Elley Arden 

As spirited carpenter Angie Corcarelli faces off with stuffy engineer Stuart Perault over a highway construction project, sparks fly. Can these two opposites build a strong foundation for a relationship? Find out in this sweet and sexy contemporary romance.

One Last Letter by Pema Donyo 


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Outlander Recap: Episode 1.2 — "Castle Leoch"

BY Regina Small, AUGUST 18, 2014 | PERMALINK

Previously on Outlander: In 1946, Claire didn't buy a vase and fell through a time rift, landing in 18th century Scotland. She's married to one dude, Frank, but has just met warrior Jamie. Hope this doesn't cause any horrible, roiling internal conflict!

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Claire and the merry band of Scotsmen arrive at Castle Leoch, where Claire is still trying to process her unexpected trip across centuries — and figure out how to get home. Amid playful banter among the group, a jolly older lady greets the returning men. But she stops short upon seeing Claire, who looks muddy and bedraggled and close to naked in her light shift dress. Claire certainly knows how to make a first impression, I'll give her that.

Jamie helpfully introduces Claire to the woman, Mistress Fitzgibbons — Mrs. Fitz, if you're nasty — who ushers Claire inside for some food and more appropriate clothing. Because even when men are fighting and dying and you're under occupation from ruthless British military, the number one threat to peace is still modestly covered breasts.


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Friday Giveaway: Heroes Are My Weakness

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, AUGUST 15, 2014 | PERMALINK

A little bit of horror, a dash of humor and a handful of puppets add up to a heartfelt and mesmerizing read from Susan Elizabeth Phillips and her new novel, Heroes Are My Weakness. In the novel, Annie Hewitt is pretty much broke and has to head to her mom's cottage on the coast of Maine. She's reunited with Theo, a horror writer who betrayed her when they were kids. As the winter season traps them together, Annie may discover sometimes people can change.

Sounds intriguing, no? Well, to satisfy your reading hunger, we have one hardcover copy of the book to give away! The book doesn't release until August 26th, so here's your chance to read it early! To enter, simply fill out the widget below. This is open to U.S. readers only and a random winner will be selected next Friday, August 22nd. Good luck and happy reading!

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